Friday Feast: Landscape of Flavors
|March 29, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Disney Dining, Friday Feast, WDW Restaurants|
Walt Disney World’s newest resort, Art of Animation, has received a lot of praise for it’s affordable family suites, detailed theming and giant pools, all of which are amazing. But today, I want to focus on the food there. It’s no secret that I prefer table service meals to giant food courts, but the unique offerings at Landscape of Flavors sucked me in!
B and I went for lunch one afternoon and as is typical for a value resort food court, it was crowded and loud! I thought B was going to turn around and run from the restaurant. But since he’s such an awesome husband, he stayed so I could take all of these awesome photos for you
The dining room is vast and has 4 different themed areas based on the 4 areas featured at the resort: Cars, Finding Nemo, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. The space is quite beautiful, so make sure to take some time to look around…especially check out the light fixtures!
There are four main food stations set up for lunch and dinner and the choices are quite overwhelming. I have to say that it took us a while to finally decide what we were getting…everything looked so good!
Salads & Sandwiches
Compared to other WDW sandwich offerings, these looked to be a step above the rest. I think this mainly had to do with the bread. The ciabatta for the caprese looked delicious! The salad bar is huge and gives a TON of ingredients to choose from.
And don’t forget the homemade kettle chips. Oh man do I love me some kettle chips!
Pizza & Pasta
Being from the Northeast, I tend to skip over all WDW pizza, but the Create-Your-Own Pasta bar looked intriguing. Here you choose your pasta, add other ingredients like shrimp, chicken sausage, or veggies, and then you have it mixed all together with either pesto, tomato or Alfredo sauce (or all three!).
The Disney Food Blog has been raving about the Cheesy Pesto Bread at this station lately. This is more of that yummy ciabatta bread simply topped with pesto and mozzarella. You really can’t go wrong with that! And it’s a great value at $4.99 or for 1 snack credit if you’re on the dining plan. I’m going to have to try this next time.
I love that you can customize your burgers here! Avocado on a burger…where else can you get that on WDW property?! There are also come interesting options here including the Surf and Surf Burger, which is a crab cake topped with popcorn shrimp. That’s a whole bunch of fried deliciousness. Or you can try the pastrami cheeseburger, but make sure to schedule an angioplasty for the following week
B ordered just a basic cheeseburger topped with tomato. He said the burger was nice and charred, but I’m more impressed with that bun. Seriously, I think I have a bread obsession…
And if the fries weren’t enough, B also got an order of kettle chips…I mean really, how could you pass those up?!
Tandoori & Mongolian Grill
Now this is the station I was looking forward to!! I was just having a serious problem deciding what to get. I originally ordered the chicken thighs, but then switched to the fish. I don’t recall what the actual fish was, but it was a light, white fish with a butter sauce. This comes with a choice of rice, I went with the multigrain, naan bread and a choice of one side. I chose lentils for my side and also got an extra dish of spinach paneer (indian cheese), which is one of my favorite dishes. Some other options are cauliflower, steamed veggies or acorn squash.
As with everything here, this was made fresh to order so I had to wait around 10 minutes for everything to be complete. So worth the wait! This was seriously one of the best meals that I have had on property, signature dining included! Now I just wish the dining room wasn’t so loud so I could’ve savored it.
Desserts & Beverages
There are TONS of grab-and-go desserts here. Cupcakes, pastries, mini-cheesecakses…you name it!
There is also a gelato bar here…that’s right, a gelato bar!! This seriously kicks this counter service us a notch.
On top of the usual fountain beverage station, there are also many unique beers and wines you can choose from. A great option if you’re looking to relax by the pool.
And now my favorite thing about Landscape of Flavors…the smoothie bar. I love smoothies! I have one everyday for breakfast, so you can just imagine how excited I was when I discovered this. This was the perfect fuel when I ran the Wine & Dine Half Marathon last year. You can be sure I will be back for another one this year!
And lastly, I don’t want to forget the staff. They were all very helpful in answering questions about the dishes (particularly at the Tandoori station) and I just love the colorful costumes
I know I will definitely be back for more Mongolian fish and spinach paneer, but it will be hard to convince B to go with me. The place is VERY chaotic, so just be prepared for that.
Have you been to Landscape of Flavors? What’s your favorite dish?